Each issue of the American Gods: Shadows series so far has provided absolutely brilliant covers. I greatly look forward to the artistic interpretation that jumps out and begs readers to jump in. For issue #4, both covers are stellar. Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown’s cover is filled with mystical excitement. There is so much to look at—from the silly face on the moon to the gritty teeth on the car’s bumper. It feels like the characters are heading on an amusement park ride but into someplace dark and gothic and intense. David Mack also continues to impress with his cover. I can imagine a whole wall of framed Mack American Gods covers. They are exquisite works of art. This one looks like decoupage meets pastels to create a perfectly beautiful silhouette. It is stunning.
Elvis Chang and Billy Declan are the baddest mercenaries around. Cybernetically enhanced, armed to the teeth, and with few morals, they get the job done however they can. In this case, that job is a worldwide revolution they found themselves in the middle of alongside their adopted daughter Luisa and her husband Victor.
American Gods certainly had a lot to say about conservative America in “A Murder of Gods.” The coming-to-America prologue this week showed Mexican Jesus (Wednesday mentioned earlier this season that there is more than one Jesus to match the different faiths.) entering America with illegal immigrants. Later in the episode, Wednesday and Shadow travel to a conservative utopia—a small town where everyone is safe since no one is without a gun.
Star Trek has done many variations on the time-travel story, even as far back as the original series, where Kirk, Spock, and sometimes the Enterprise herself would wind up in the past with some regularity. Time travel has become something of a Trek tradition. The main story in New Visions #16, “Time Out of Joint,” offers an original series take on a premise that some of the later series – blessed with a bigger budget or, at least, more affordable techniques for varied sets, costumes, and effects – used a few times: the tale of a single crew member jumping through time at apparent random, with the fate of the ship hanging in the balance.
Series 10 of Doctor Who is more politically relevant than the show has ever been. “The Lie of the Land” continues this with its social commentary on the current conservative pushback felt around the world.
Giant Days from BOOM! Box, under the umbrella of BOOM! Studios, continues to stand out, and shout, as a fantastic ongoing series. It revolves around three main characters: Daisy, Esther, and Susan. These three roommates find their way through college life, while continuing to understand their place in the world and adjust to their surrounding relationships.
Cullen Bunn is indisputably the new king of horror comics. I knew that to be true while reading the Harrow County series, but he solidified his seat with The Unsound #1 (from BOOM! Studios). I’m not sure if anyone can dethrone him, which is just fine with this horror aficionado.
I’ve been a Jack Campbell fan for quite a while. (His real name is John Hemry, and he was formerly a JAG officer in the US Navy.) After discovering his Lost Fleet military space-faring novels, I read through them as fast as I could get them. My husband got hooked, as well, as Campbell is one of the few military sci-fi writers who depict space battles with reasonable accuracy - meaning space is a big place, and it takes a long time for messages and images to arrive as well as using the three dimensions of space in battle strategy. What I like best about Campbell is that he is living proof that a solid writer can get better – a lot better. You can see the improvement in The Lost Stars series.
Dark Horse Comics is one of the most well-known publishers in the business, and one that is known for being willing to work outside the typical structure. When it comes to mini-series, this is especially true, and Spell on Wheels is no exception.